GRACEVILLE - One Baptist college held an honor choir festival last month. Participating groups included students from local high schools.

The Music and Worship Division of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville hosted a one-day Honor Choir Festival for local high school students, a BCF news release stated. The festival, coordinated by BCF Professor Buford Cox, included honor choir students selected by their choir directors from the following schools Blountstown High School, Chipley High School, Dayspring Christian Academy, Emmanuel Christian School, Graceville High School, Mosley High School, Holmes County High School, and Walton High School.

Together, the honor students combined with the BCF College Choir, participated in challenging and intense rehearsals conducted by members of the BCF Music and Worship Division Faculty.

The climax of the festival was when the combined choir skillfully performed a demanding set of songs that included "Kittery" by William Billings, "I Hear America Singing" by Andre Thomas, "The Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson, "The Morning Trumpet" by B.F. White, and "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin, the release stated.

In the news release, Hannah Patton, an honor choir member from Chipley High School, noted that she really enjoyed the festival because she was able to meet students from other schools with the same passion that she has for music. Patton feels as though her singing has greatly improved after implementing the skills and techniques that she learned from the BCF Professors. She stated, "If they do it again next year, I would love to be a part of it!"

For more information about the Music and Worship degrees offered at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800-328- 2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.